PhD Admissions

The USC Marshall School of Business fosters an entrepreneurial and global mindset across all disciplines, and this thought-leadership starts in our faculty and student research. Our PhD Program is dedicated to developing researchers who will become innovators as faculty at business schools throughout the world.

A desire to lead through research, academic potential, and personal discipline are the qualities it takes to succeed as a Marshall PhD student. The new students we enroll each year embody this spirit.

This section of our website is dedicated to finding the next generation of Marshall PhD students. Review the admissions information carefully and prepare an application that best expresses your academic abilities, research interests, and future goals.

Thank you for your interest in the USC Marshall PhD Program. We look forward to receiving your application.

Gizem Ceylan PhD '22, Marketing Postdoctoral Researcher, Yale School of Management

Application Timeline

December 15, 2023 : Application Deadline – Accounting, Data Sciences & Operations, and Management & Organization

January 15, 2024: Application Deadline - Finance & Business Economics and Marketing

* Although the Marshall PhD Program application is open until January 15th, the Accounting, Data Sciences & Operations, and Management & Organization programs application deadline is December 15th.

You can submit your application up until 11:59 PM PST on the deadline date. Ensure you allow for time to complete the required payment section. You must click Submit and complete the final payment information before the deadline in order to guarantee your submission is accepted.

Special Notes:

  • All applicants will select the Marshall PhD Program Application (495).
  • Please refer to final section of the Marshall PhD Program Application to specify the program (accounting, finance, management, marketing, operations, or statistics) you would like to pursue.
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Application Requirements

- Completion of Bachelor’s Degree - Transcripts - GRE or GMAT scores - IELTS or TOEFL scores (international applicants) - Statement of Purpose - Resume/CV - Three Letters of Recommendation - Passport - Application Fee ($90)

All required application materials (below) must be submitted. In the online application system, you will be required to fill out four sections. Please refer to the following four sections (Personal Information, Academic History, Supporting Information, and Program Materials) in which to submit your documents. Please refer to Program Materials section of the Marshall PhD Program Application to specify the program (accounting, finance, management, marketing, operations, or statistics) you would like to pursue. Under the questions on the program materials section, you will identify your program track of interest.

Inputting unofficial (student) score reports via the online application system is a requirement to complete the Marshall PhD application. We know that you may have requested official score reports be sent to USC when you took your exams, but, unfortunately, these records are not immediately available to the Marshall PhD program. Even if you have requested official score reports to be sent to USC, you still need to input the unofficial (student) score report to the online system to ensure timely review of your application. Official test score reports will be requested of applicants who proceed to Round 2 of applications review. Round 2 decisions are sent in mid- to late-February.

If any requirements change, further information will be posted on this page.

Academic History

  • Completion of Bachelor's Degree or the Equivalent by Term of Admittance: Applicants must have completed or expect to complete a four-year bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) by the beginning of the Fall 2023 semester with the equivalent of a 3.0 GPA (B average) on the U.S. 4.0 scale. For international applicants, specific equivalencies by country are available on the USC Graduate School website.
  • Transcripts (unofficial copies of ALL transcripts must be uploaded): Uploading unofficial transcripts via the online application system is a requirement to complete the Marshall PhD application. Please do not upload protected PDF copies of the transcript to the online application system. Official transcripts may be requested of applicants who proceed to Round 2 of applications review. Round 2 decisions are sent in mid- to late-February. Please refer to the Graduate Admission site for more information on transcripts and submission of official transcripts .
  • GRE or GMAT scores (valid scores must be submitted; no exceptions):
  • GRE and GMAT should be taken within 5 years from the date of the intended date of enrollment. Your scores are considered valid only if earned within five years to the month of your intended first term at USC. (For example, no earlier than August 1 five years prior if applying for the fall term). USC’s ETS school code is 4852. No department code is required

IELTS or TOEFL scores (for international students ONLY; valid scores must be submitted; no exceptions). Fall 2024, the TOEFL must be taken after August 1, 2022. For additional information for the Fall 2024 admission, please refer check here .

To determine if USC requires TOEFL/IELTS scores for a country, please check here .

Exceptions: International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement only under the circumstances noted here .

For additional more information on the English Proficiency requirements, please refer to the Graduate Admission Frequently Asked Questions.

As a reminder, inputting unofficial (student) score reports via the online application system is a requirement to complete the Marshall Ph.D. application.

Personal Information

In this section of the online application, you will be required to provide your personal information such as First and Last (Family) Name, Date of Birth, Gender, Phone Number, Email Address, Mailing Address, etc.

Supporting Information

  • Passport Copy (for international students ONLY)

Program Materials

  • Three Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendations are submitted via the online application system. In the online application, you will submit the names and email addresses of three recommenders. The system will send them an email that provides instructions on how to submit the recommendation letter on your behalf. The admissions committee prefers recommendations from academics familiar with your scholastic and research capabilities; those from faculty members with whom you have worked in a research capacity are particularly valued.
  • Personal Statement: Please upload a personal statement addressing the following two prompts:

1) Statement of Purpose: Please describe why you wish to pursue a PhD degree in Business Administration in your chosen field of specialization. Please also explain why you believe that the Marshall School of Business would be a good fit for you. 2) Research Experience/Interest: Please describe any significant academic research experience you have had, if any. Indicate who you worked with, the topic you studied, the skills you developed, activities you engaged in and the output from the project (e.g., conference paper, publication, etc.). You can also describe your research interest as well.

If desired, you can upload additional documents pertaining to your research experience. For example, if your previous research experience culminated in a conference paper or journal publication, you can upload it under "Optional Documents" below. Again, this is not required.

Financial Support

The USC Marshall School of Business provides full financial support to PhD students for five years in the form of a fellowship or assistantship. After a student has advanced to candidacy (typically in the third year), the student becomes eligible for additional research awards.

Fellowships & Graduate Assistantships

All applicants who apply by the deadline(s) are automatically considered for competitive fellowships each year. Accepted students receive a package that includes a full tuition waiver, generous stipend, individual health and dental insurance, and coverage of mandatory student health center fees. The total financial support provided is approximately $100,000-110,000K per year, depending on a student's course-load.

Fellowship recipients are guaranteed funding through either the continuation of the fellowship or through an assistantship for five years provided they maintain satisfactory academic progress.

Outside Funding

Occasionally a student brings outside funding to replace or supplement the funding from the USC Marshall School of Business. Examples of outside funding sources include the foreign governments and the National Science Foundation program. Such funding is acceptable, but applicants should understand that funding source is not considered in the evaluation process. We accept only the top applicants regardless of the source of funding.

Research Support & Awards

Marshall Ph.D. students are provided with a discretionary account for teaching and research activities. The annual funding increases as the student progresses in the program into more research activities in the later years.

After advancing to candidacy, students become eligible for competitive research awards open exclusively to USC Marshall Ph.D. students. Past awards have been sponsored by the Ford Foundation, USC Marshall Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurship and other awards sponsored by Marshall or the USC Graduate School.

2021 Class Profile

Total Number of Applications: 663

Number of Students Enrolled: 15

Mean GMAT: 98.50 Percentile

Mean GRE: Q79.89 Percentile

Mean GRE V: 85.44 Percentile

Mean Age: 25

Age Range: 21-38

Percent Women: 40%

Percent International: 53%

Percent with Prior Graduate Degree: 47%

Prospective students often wonder how they measure up to our past admitted students. Please refer to the snapshot for the incoming, Fall 2021, cohort for reference.

We caution applicants who review these profiles that they are raw means and actual values vary widely between individuals and among applicant pools. The admissions committee reviews all aspects of a students' application, such as academic preparation, letters of recommendation, and statements of purpose. A low ranking in individual criteria will not necessarily preclude a candidate who is otherwise qualified.

At USC Marshall, we believe that successful solutions to business problems depend on having access to the widest range of ideas, opinions, and experiences. By cultivating a diverse pool of Ph.D. students, we are helping redefine the academic business community of the 21st century.

The PhD Project

The PhD Project. Since 1994, the PhD Project has more than tripled the number of minority business school professors, who inspire a new generation of business professionals. Participation is available to anyone of African American, Hispanic American, and Native American descent interested in business doctoral studies. USC Marshall currently has three PhD Project scholars, Courtney (Alexis) Keys ,  Jacob Roberson , and Calvin Wright . We actively recruits at the annual PhD Project conference. Learn more and apply to the conference: http://www.phdproject.org/

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Ph.D. Student Resources

The information below is intended to assist you with the transition to graduate school at USC.

First and foremost please complete the  Intent to Enroll  form and submit it. It is important for you to reserve your space in the entering class.

For registration dates and deadlines,  click here .

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To be sure you arrive here safely and can find the important locations on the University campus. For directions to USC and campus maps,  click here .

Orientation

Please refer to the following link:  Orientation  for all information on orientations.

If you have any specific questions, you may contact your assigned advisor, Christine Hsieh (CEE Graduate Advisor) at  [email protected]  or via phone at 213-740-0573.

International Student Test of English (ISE test)

****Required of all new international students unless formally waived. ***

For important information, please visit  The American Language Institute . International students who have to take the International Student Test of English must do so before registering for classes. They can receive departmental advisement before taking the test.

Ph.D. Screening Exam

The exam is composed of a written part, which is administered the week before classes start in each January, and an oral part that is scheduled later in January or in February.

The exam is only for those students admitted to or enrolled in the Ph.D. program and in regular graduate standing.

Ph.D. students with no prior master's degree must take the Screening Exam before the end of their fourth semester; Ph.D. students with a prior master's degree must take the Screening Exam at the beginning of the second or third semester (depending on when they started their Ph.D. studies).

The screening exam questions are written by a committee of three faculty, including the student's Ph.D. advisor, normally composed of faculty from within the CEE Department.

The result of the exam is either "pass", "conditional" (conditioned on some further outcome) or "fail".

Ph.D. Screening Exam

Frequently Asked Questions

For On Campus Courses

D-Clearance stands for Departmental Clearance and it is required for courses at the university designated in the Schedule of Classes as “D.” You must obtain D-Clearance for Viterbi courses by submitting a request via MyViterbi.

Non-Viterbi courses requiring D-Clearance: contact the home department as indicated in the Schedule of Classes.

D-Clearance gives you permission to register; it does NOT reserve a seat for you in a class. Register before the D-Clearance expires (usually one week).

For DEN Sections of Courses

DEN students should request D-Clearance for DEN sections via D2L.

On-Campus students who wish to take an DEN section of a course should enroll in a the on-campus section, if available. Once enrolled, they may ask the instructor to share the link to the DEN section.

On-Campus studetns who wish to take a course offered exclusively here.

D-clearance gives you permission to register, however it does NOT reserve a seat for you in the class. If the class is full, there are two things you can do:

  • Talk to the professor teaching the class to see if you can register for his class even though it is full.
  • Contact Registration about a wait-list.

We highly recommend students register for classes early so their registration is confirmed. However, if there is a class in which you wish to register and the class is full please monitor the online Web Registration to see if a spot will open up.

Full time enrollment for PhD students is considered to be 6 units.

Being enrolled less than full-time can negatively impact your funding. Therefore, all PhD students requesting a Reduced Course Load (RCL) must email either Andy Chen or Tracy Charles to set up an appointment discuss their funding status while on RCL.

If you received a conditional admit with your letter of acceptance, you must fulfill this condition within the specified time, usually before your second semester. To get this removed, you must meet with Emily Caviglia in KAP 214 during her office hours (Monday – Friday, 10am – 12pm).

Financial aid in the department comes in the form of research (RA) and teaching (TA) assistantships and is reserved primarily for PhD students. All new applicants to the PhD program are automatically considered for financial aid. RAs are chosen by faculty. Check for financial aid opportunities posted by faculty members and discuss it with them during technical advisement. The staff in KAP 214 can explain in more detail should you have questions.

The department may select current students as TAs on a temporary basis. If you have any questions please come to KAP 214.

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Master's students may transfer a total of 4 units from another university with an advisor's approval, as long as the courses were completed before enrolling at USC. To initiate a Gradute Transfer Credit Review visit the Degree Progress Site. If Degree Progress determines you have transferable coursework, please contact Christine Hsieh to detmermine if credit may be applied to toward you degree.

You may waive a pre-requisite if you have taken an equivalent course at another university and there is no Placement Exam offered for the pre-requisite course. To get the course waived, please fill out the Prerequisite Course Waiver Form (available in KAP 214 or online), and ask the professor of the course for approval. Take this form to KAP214 when you request D-clearance. If the class has a placement exam, you MUST take the exam. NO EXCEPTIONS!

The ability to communicate effectively in English — to read, write and speak the language fluently — is vital to your success as a university student. USC graduate applicants are therefore expected to demonstrate their proficiency in English as part of the application process.

English-Language Proficiency Requirements IMPORTANT: USC does not set minimum scores for admission purposes. The scores listed below are used for placement purposes only to determine if an admitted student will need to take the International Student English (ISE) Examination upon arrival at USC.

USC accepts the following English Proficiency Exams:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) USC accepts only Internet-Based TOEFL (iBT) test scores. Admitted students are exempt from taking the ISE Exam with the following scores:

PhD 100 or above, with 20 or above in each section. Master’s 90 or above, with 20 or above in each section. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) USC only accepts the IELTS Academic scores. Admitted students are exempt from taking the ISE Exam with the following scores:

PhD 7 or above, with 6 or above on each band. Master’s 6.5 or above, with 6 or above on each band. PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic USC accepts only PTE Academic scores. Admitted students are exempt from taking the ISE Exam with the following scores:

PhD 68 or above, with 53 or above on each band. Master’s 61 or above, with 53 or above on each band. Visit : gradadm.usc.edu/lightboxes/international-students-english-proficiency/ for more information.

Guidelines Directed Research

Follow the steps outlined below if interested in taking Directed Research CE 490 (Undergraduate students), CE 590 (Masters students) or CE 790 (Ph.D. students).

  • STEP 1 — Students get verbal approval from faculty for a directed research course
  • STEP 2 — Students fill out the online form, found at: myViterbi
  • STEP 3 — Faculty are automatically sent an email directing them to the admin site where they can log in and approve or deny students requests as well as  view all previous semesters.
  • STEP 4 — Students receive a confirmation email that their course has been approved or denied by the faculty member.
  • STEP 5 — Students receive d-clearance within 1-3 business days for the course.
  • STEP 6 — Student registers for the course via web registration.

Please contact the Student Affairs Office at [email protected] if you have any questions.

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USC Catalogue 2018-2019    
USC Catalogue 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

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Catalogue Regulations, Policies and Procedures

In addition to degree requirements outlined below, undergraduate and graduate students are also subject to current catalogue regulations, policies and procedures. Examples include, but are not limited to, the policy on the grade of incomplete and graduation with honors. Unlike degree requirements, changes in regulations, policies and procedures are immediate and supersede those in any prior catalogue.

Graduation Date

A student will be awarded the graduation date for the term in which degree requirements, including submission of supporting documents, have been met. Although course work may have been completed in a prior term, the degree will be awarded only for the term for which all academic and administrative requirements have been fulfilled. Students wishing to change the degree date from that indicated on the STARS Report should request an updated degree term at the Registrar One Stop Center, John Hubbard Hall (JHH 114) or [email protected] . Students may also update their expected graduation date at myusc.edu .

Discontinued Degree Programs

Students pursuing major or minor programs that the university discontinues will be allowed to complete them within a specified time limit. The time limit will be specified at the point of discontinuance of a major or minor program and begins at that point. It is determined according to the student’s progress toward degree completion and will not exceed five years for any student.

Closed Record

The academic record of a student who has completed the program of study or ceased attendance is considered closed. Once a student’s record is closed, no further additions or changes may be made. This includes, but is not limited to, such things as registering in additional course work, resolution of marks of incomplete (IN) and missing grade (MG), declaration of minors, etc.

Degree Requirements

Undergraduate degree requirements consist of grade point averages, residence requirements, general education requirements, the writing requirement, the diversity requirement, pre-major and major requirements, and minor requirements. Undergraduate students may elect to follow (a) the degree requirements in the catalogue current in their first term of enrollment after admission or readmission at USC or (b) degree requirements in a subsequent catalogue as long as they were enrolled in a term in which it was in effect. However, students may not mix catalogues. An exception is that students may follow the requirements for a minor from a different catalogue year than the major; and students pursuing two majors may follow major requirements from different catalogue years.

While there are no specific time limits for completing the bachelor’s degree, over the years many departments change their major requirements in accordance with developments in the field and department. Occasionally, general education requirements are changed or a degree program is discontinued.

Therefore, undergraduate students who do not complete their degrees within six consecutive years from the beginning of the semester of their first completed USC course work will not be allowed automatically to continue following their pre-major, major and minor requirements as specified above. (This time limit includes semesters during which students are not enrolled.) The pertinent department chair will decide what pre-major, major and minor requirements each student must follow and communicate the decision to the student in writing.

Students who do not complete their degrees within 10 consecutive years from the beginning of the semester of their first completed USC course work will not be allowed automatically to continue their general education requirements. (This time limit includes semesters during which students are not enrolled.) The General Education Office will decide what general education requirements each student must follow and communicate the decision to the student in writing.

An appeal of a department’s decision may be made to the dean of the appropriate academic unit or the Provost’s Office for academic units without departments. An appeal of a general education decision may be made to the Committee on Academic Policies and Procedures (CAPP).

Grade Point Average Requirement

A grade point average of at least C (2.0) on all baccalaureate units attempted at USC, as well as on the combined USC-transfer GPA, is required for undergraduate degrees. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all upper division courses applied toward the major is also required, regardless of the department in which the courses are taken. The university will not deviate from policies governing the calculation of the grade point average through inclusion or exclusion of course work.

Unit Requirement

Students are required to take a minimum of 128 baccalaureate units at the undergraduate level (of which not more than 4 units may be physical education units). A student may earn a maximum of 16 units for individual instruction in music at the 101/201/301 levels and comparable transfer courses. Of the 128 unit minimum at least 32 units must be upper-division course work. Students must also complete all upper-division course work in the major at USC. The university will not deviate from the minimum unit requirements stated above or the additional unit-specific requirements. Some disciplines require more than the minimum requirements. Check individual department listings for specific requirements.

Unit credit indicates the number of semester units earned in the course; these units may or may not be applicable to the degree. Degree credit indicates the units are applicable to the degree.

Pass/No Pass Graded Work

A maximum of 24 units of undergraduate course work taken on a pass/no pass basis may be used toward an undergraduate degree and a maximum of 4 of these 24 units may be applied to the general education requirements. WRIT 130   , WRIT 150    and  WRIT 340    will not fulfill undergraduate writing requirements if taken on a Pass/No Pass (P/NP) basis.

Use of Pass/No Pass course work to fulfill major requirements must be approved in writing by the academic department. Course work required for a minor may not be taken on a P/NP basis. Individual academic departments may have placed further restrictions on whether a course taken on a Pass/No Pass basis can be used to fulfill specific requirements.

In cases where a student has registered for a course on Pass/No Pass (P/NP) basis, and the student is subsequently found to have committed an academic integrity violation in the course, the instructor may elect to assign a penalty letter grade, rather than assign a mark of Pass or No Pass.

General Education Requirements

General education and writing requirements for all students are provided on the  General Education Program    page. Additional specific information is included with the information on individual majors.

Gateway Course

A gateway course is a lower division 3–4 unit course that introduces and showcases the minor or major curricula of an academic field of study. It is intended to be a student’s first exposure to a field of study.

Upper-division Major Course Work

The university requires that all undergraduate students successfully complete at USC all the upper-division courses that are applied to their major. Substitution of a comparable upper-division course for a required one may be entered in the STARS exception process by the departmental adviser with the support of the department. Substitutions and waivers of USC or transfer courses for upper-division requirements for majors are to be limited to a combination of 25 percent. Substitution of courses with the same departmental prefix are exempted from this limit. Lower-division courses cannot be substituted for upper-division course requirements.

Minor Programs

Application for a minor must be made to the department or professional school and an appropriate endorsement must appear on a change/addition of major or minor degree objectives form. Students who decide not to complete a declared minor must formally drop the minor program. Failure to drop a declared minor may delay the awarding of the student’s degree.

The following guidelines apply to minor programs:

  • Minor programs are available to students matriculated in an undergraduate degree program and must be completed simultaneously with the major degree program.
  • Minors constituted of course work from a single department may not be earned by students majoring in that department.
  • Students may take an interdepartmental minor in which their major unit participates as long as at least 16 units required for the minor are not courses offered by the major department.
  • Students must take at least 16 units, which are unique to the minor (i.e., not required to fulfill the student’s major or another minor).
  • All upper-division course work required for the minor must be taken at USC.
  • Departments at their discretion may substitute no more than 25 percent of the required units defined in the catalogue for a given minor program. Substitution of courses with the same departmental prefix are exempted from this limit. Lower-division courses cannot be substituted for upper-division course requirements.
  • Departments at their discretion may waive no more than 4 units for minor programs with 17 to 20 units or no more than 8 units for minor programs with more than 20 units for each student. The number of units unique to the minor after any departmental waivers or substitutions must total at least 16 units.
  • No course work required for the minor may be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.
  • A minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA must be achieved in all courses applied toward the minor. A higher minimum may be required by the sponsoring department or unit.
  • Students whose major degree programs do not include a language requirement need not satisfy that requirement to earn a minor from the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences or a professional school that has a language requirement unless the minor specifically requires the language.
  • Completion of the minor program will be recorded on the transcript. The student receives a separate minor certificate for each minor program completed.
  • Undergraduate students may elect to follow the minor requirements in (a) the catalogue current in their first term of enrollment after admission or readmission to USC, or (b) a subsequent catalogue year if the minor was newly introduced or revised after their term of admission or readmission. This does not affect the catalogue year they follow for their major.

Honors Programs

Departmental honors.

The following departments have received approval from the university Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for their majors to graduate with departmental honors:

Accounting (BS); American Studies and Ethnicity; Anthropology; Art History; Biochemistry; Biological Sciences (BA and BS); Business (BS); Chemistry (BA and BS); Cinematic Arts (Critical Studies); Classics; Communication; Comparative Literature; Earth Sciences; East Asian Languages and Cultures; Economics; English; French; Gender Studies; Geodesign; Geological Sciences; History; Human Development and Aging (BS); International Relations; Linguistics; Linguistics/Philosophy; Linguistics/Psychology; Mathematics (BA and BS); Neuroscience; Philosophy; Policy, Planning, and Development; Political Science; Psychology; Public Relations; Religion; Sociology; Spanish; and Spatial Sciences.

The minimal requirements for receiving departmental honors are that the student: (1) satisfactorily completes course work for an honors project and (2) achieves no less than a 3.5 GPA (A = 4.0) in the major at the time of graduation. Each program, department or school will designate what it considers the appropriate course work and honors project.

Departmental honors are noted on academic transcripts but not on the diploma.

Renaissance Scholar Honors

The Steven and Kathryn Sample Renaissance Scholars program recognizes select undergraduate students who have excelled in their studies while completing a major and a minor (or two majors) in widely separated fields of study. In order to be designated a USC Renaissance Scholar candidate, a student must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program and must have his or her fields of study certified to meet the breadth with depth requirement.

To be designated a Renaissance Scholar upon graduation, a student must graduate within five years of matriculation at USC, with a minimum 3.5 overall grade point average, a minimum 3.5 grade point average in each of the major(s) and/or minor(s) course requirements and with university honors. A student with multiple certified program combinations (three or more academic programs) may fulfill the 3.5 major and/or minor grade point average requirement with a minimum of two programs from one of his or her certified pairings of academic programs.

Renaissance Scholar honors are noted on academic transcripts but not on the diploma.

Discovery Scholar Honors

The Discovery Scholars program recognizes undergraduate students who have excelled in their studies while demonstrating the ability to create exceptional new scholarship or artistic works. In order to be designated a USC Discovery Scholar candidate, a student must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program and must meet the criteria established by his or her school for outstanding original research or creative work. The criteria may include submission of a research thesis, an artistic portfolio or some other evidence of original contributions to the discipline. Faculty letters of recommendation may also be required.

To be designated a Discovery Scholar upon graduation, a student must graduate within five years of matriculation at USC with a minimum 3.5 overall grade point average and with university honors.

Discovery Scholar honors are noted on academic transcripts but not on the diploma.

Global Scholar Honors

The Global Scholars program recognizes undergraduate students who have excelled in their studies both at home and abroad. Applicants must have participated in one or more international programs administered by USC or an outside institution for a minimum of 10 weeks. In order to be designated a USC Global Scholar candidate, a student must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program and must submit a capstone paper, project or research paper based on criteria established by his or her school, as well as a reflective essay. Faculty letters of recommendation may also be required.

To be designated a Global Scholar upon graduation, a student must graduate within five years of matriculation at USC with a minimum 3.5 overall grade point average and with university honors.

Global Scholar honors are noted on academic transcripts but not on the diploma.

Multimedia Scholarship Honors

See Honors in Multimedia Scholarship    for a full description of this honors program.

Distinction in Liberal Arts Honors

See Thematic Option    for a full description of this honors program.

Graduation with University Honors

To be eligible for undergraduate honors at graduation, a minimum overall grade point average of 3.5 for cum laude , 3.7 for magna cum laude and 3.9 for summa cum laude is required. Students must meet these averages, both on residence work attempted and on combined transferred and residence work attempted. The honors award is then determined by either the GPA for the residence work or the GPA for the combined transferred and residence work, whichever is lower. USC does not honor other colleges’ academic “renewal” or “forgiveness” programs that permit students to improve a substandard grade. If you repeat a transferable course for which you earned a grade of D+ or lower, both grades will be included in your transfer GPA. If the grade on the first course was a C- or higher, only the first grade is included.

The university will not deviate from policies governing the calculation of the grade point averages required for graduation with honors through inclusion or exclusion of course work. University honors are noted on academic transcripts and the diploma.

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An undergraduate student who is within 12 semester units of the bachelor’s degree and has a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 may request to enroll in and reserve for graduate credit a limited amount of work at the 400 and 500 levels during the last semester as a senior, provided that the semester program does not exceed 16 semester units. A written request should be submitted to the Registrar One Stop Center, John Hubbard Hall (JHH 114), and should bear the endorsements of the chair of the student’s major department and of the department in which the reserved work is to be taken. One Stop staff verify that the units being reserved are not needed to fulfill requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

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GRE Scores for the University of Southern California

GRE Scores for the University of Southern California

The University of Southern California is a private research institution in Los Angeles. It was established in 1808 and is considered one of the best graduate schools in the US. It has more than 25,000 graduate students and its medical and engineering schools are ranked in the top 20 by US News.

The University of Southern California is a fairly competitive graduate school. The top STEM-related programs are difficult to get into and require you to be an excellent student. Although the submission of GRE scores is optional, a good GRE score increases your chances of standing out among other applicants.

What is a Good GRE Score for the University of Southern California?

The GRE score for USC or the minimum GRE score for USC is not cited on the official website. The GRE requirements vary depending on the department, and most of them do not need the GRE for the 2024 Master’s admissions. However, according to Yocket’s database, a successful USC applicant generally has a GRE score of 320. This entails between 150 and 160 for quant, 155 to 165 for GRE verbal , and 4.0 to 50 for GRE analytical writing .

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The University of Southern California is one of the highest-ranked private universities in the States. It offers diverse programs across the Rossier School of Education and Viterbi School of Engineering. Some of the top graduate programs in the University of Southern California are:

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Business Analytics

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11

330+

Master of Health Administration

22

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Molecular Biology

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Not required but recommended

Sociology

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University of Southern California Admission Requirements

Universities periodically review their admissions criteria. According to recent updates, the GRE exam is optional for most graduate programs at the University of Southern California. However, a score of at least 320 is advisable, with 165+ in quantitative aptitude. But you must remember that USC considers the holistic profile of a student, along with their academic records, letters of recommendation, personal statements, and other application components.

Some essential requirements for USC are as follows:

4-year undergraduate degree

GPA of 3.5 on the 4.0 scale

Academic Transcripts

Statement of Purpose

3 Letters of Reccomendation

2 Admission Essays

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Within the English major, there are two tracks: Literature (ENGL) or Creative Writing (CRWT) . Each of these tracks will prepare you for a B.A. in English.

Major Requirements

Please note requirements for this major have been changed in 2023:

If you have been admitted in the program as of 2023 or are a prospective student, please see “Major Requirements post-Fall 2023”.

If you have been admitted in the program before 2023, please see “Major Requirements pre-Fall 2023”.

Note that students under the ‘pre-Fall 2023’ requirements may opt to change their requirements to the that of the 2023 catalogue year. See advisor for more information.

Literature Track

  • One sophomore seminar: ENGL 240
  • Two courses in early literatures (one lower-division and one upper division)
  • Two courses in later literatures (one lower-division and one upper-division)
  • Race, gender, and/or sexuality
  • Genre and media studies
  • Two upper-division electives
  • One senior seminar: ENGL 491

Creative Writing Track

  • One course in early literatures
  • One course in later literatures
  • One course in interpretive lenses
  • One introductory poetry workshop
  • One introductory prose workshop
  • One 400-level workshop
  • One contemporary/modern literature course
  • One upper-division elective

All majors take three introductory courses:

  • ENGL-261g  “English Literature to 1800”
  • ENGL-262g  “English Literature since 1800”
  • ENGL-263g  “American Literature”

All three courses should be done or in progress of being done before enrolling in upper-division courses or workshops.

  • Two courses in Literature written before 1800
  • One course in 19th-century literature
  • One course in American literature
  • One senior seminar
  • One course in literature written before 1900
  • One course in literature written after 1900

Finalized course lists for major requirements pre-Fall 2023

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Course Plans

Dive into our sample course plans to get an idea of what your schedule would look like.

Double Majoring

An English degree can help prepare you for a career in entertainment, journalism, business, technology, law, medicine, public policy, or many other fields. Because of this, many of our students combine English with other majors for a double major. While students cannot double major in Literature and Creative Writing, since they each belong to the single English major, it is possible to combine a major in English with a major in our interdisciplinary Narrative Studies program.

Getting Involved

Students in the English major participate in overseas studies through USC Dornsife to study Anglophone literature on many continents in many countries. In recent semesters, students have taken classes like “Satire, Scandal, and Society, 1700-1740” at Queen Mary University of London, “Twentieth-Century Children’s Fiction” at the National University of Ireland in Galway, and “Romance to Realism” at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

As part of your application to study abroad, you will select courses to be pre-approved by your academic adviser to meet your major requirements.

Visit  dornsife.usc.edu/english-overseas/  to explore your opportunities abroad.

The English Honors Program is open to students in English Literature and in Creative Writing. The program provides a unique opportunity to pursue in depth a critical project of your own design. If you are thinking about applying to graduate school or professional school (such as law school) you will find the program especially rewarding. The Honors Thesis is a critical research project and typically runs upwards of 40 pages. Upon successful completion of a critical Senior Honors Thesis your USC transcript will record departmental honors.

Learn more about the Honors Thesis Program

Our students complete internships and volunteerships tutoring students at neighborhood elementary schools with the Joint Education Project, assisting with faculty research and research at USC Libraries, volunteering on political campaigns, and working in publishing, marketing, and media. These opportunities complement the intensive study and professionalization on campus in classes and co-curricular activities, and they guide students toward the diverse set of careers open to those with liberal arts educations.

Students can find these opportunities through the USC Career Center at  careers.usc.edu , and students majoring in English are eligible to apply for the  USC Dornsife Gateway Internship Program .

Students majoring in English are eligible to apply to our progressive degree program in Literary Editing and Publishing and earn both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees from USC Dornsife in just five years.

Learn more about the progressive degree program

Graduates of our programs in English Literature and Creative Writing have pursued graduate school;  published  fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; worked in publishing and social media; pursued law school; and worked at film and television production companies in Los Angeles. Alumni who pursue graduate school have enrolled in education programs, the top MFA programs across the country, and research-based programs overseas.

Please share your stories, updates, and projects with us by contacting our  undergraduate student coordinators .

Additional Resources

For advisement and to declare a major in the Department of English, please contact one of our undergraduate student coordinators.

Contact Details

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For information about academic records, standardized tests, and other proficiency criteria, please visit  Apply: International Students  on the Undergraduate Admission website.

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  • Official Academic Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Demonstrated Research Ability & Experience
  • GRE Required: Astronautical Engineering (ASTE), Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISE)
  • GRE Not Required: All Viterbi School PhD programs except ASTE and ISE
  • English Proficiency scores (International Applicants only)*

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TRANSCRIPTS: Upload  Electronic  Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. A mailed hard copy or official e-transcript is not required for admission to our programs. These instructions apply only to applicants to the master's and Ph.D. programs of the Viterbi School of Engineering

  • Submit an electronic copy of official transcripts (.pdf recommended) and other degree related documents through the online graduate application (International applicants, visit USC Graduate Admission’s  Country Requirements  page for details on required documents)
  • Unofficial transcripts from university student portals are not acceptable
  • If the transcript includes a separate grading scale, make sure it is also uploaded
  • For upload purposes, all transcript-related documents for a single school must be submitted as one document
  • If you are admitted, you will be given specific instructions on submitting your hard copy transcripts

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  • LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION (3 required) from faculty members with direct knowledge of your research abilities. Recommenders included in the online application will be contacted by email. Your application may be submitted before letters of recommendation are received. The recommender module is separate.

International Students should also submit the following:

  • A Photocopy of the first two pages of your passport
  • A report of your scores on the TOEFL/IELTS sent electronically by the testing agency to USC. Please review USC's English Proficiency Criteria
  • Applicants that have earned a previous degree at USC are exempt from the English Proficiency Requirement and do not need to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores and watch the English Proficiency Requirement for International Students video
  • Required official copies of materials from non-U.S. schools vary from country to country. Please see Admission Requirement by Country .

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International Students who have completed ANY undergraduate coursework in a country other than the US

  • Applicants must check their country requirements on the Office of Graduate Admissions website and send the required documents
  • English Language Proficiency Exam (TOEFL or IELTS) is required

International Students who have completed ALL undergraduate coursework in the US

  • Applicants must submit official transcripts from every post-secondary school you have attended, regardless of transfers or whether a degree was earned.
  • English Language Proficiency Exam (TOEFL or IELTS) is waived
  • Students whose native language is not English or students who have completed undergraduate coursework in a country other than the United States are required to submit scores for an English Language Proficiency Exam (TOEFL, including the iBT Special Home Edition, or IELTS, including the IELTS Indicator). Only applications with test scores will be reviewed.
  • Deadline: Scores must be submitted no later than March 1.
  • We accept the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition, which can be taken from the comfort and safety of your home.
  • We accept the IELTS Indicator, which can be taken from the comfort and safety of your home.
  • Submission: Scores must be submitted electronically directly from the testing service. USC's institution code is 4852.
  • Score Expiration: TOEFL/IELTS tests must be taken within the last 2 years.
  • Waiver: International students who have completed ALL undergraduate coursework in the United States, are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Evidence of Financial Support

  • All documents must be sent through the special contact form for the Office of Graduate Admissions.You do not need to mail any documents directly to the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. For more information, refer to the USC Office of Graduate Admissions website: Financial Support for instructions .

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P3 - Determining English Proficiency for Admission of International Students

As outlined in P2 - Determining Academic Eligibility for Admission of International Students – Academic Credentials , Graduate Enrollment Services admission coordinators review applications for eligibility criteria .

A program offer of admission should not be made if eligibility is in question due to low or missing official TOEFL/IELTS scores. If while reviewing the application, an admission coordinator determines that a score is missing or deficient a note will be added to GRADS. Not every application is reviewed prior to the graduate program review so it is important for graduate program faculty and staff to be mindful of the policy.

  • If the program wants to proceed with admission, the program must take the action(s) as described in the following scenarios:
  • If the applicant only provided self-reported scores, the program must contact the applicant to request official scores be sent to the Graduate School by the testing agency.
  • If the applicant’s scores do not meet the minimum eligibility standards, including the standards set for provisional admission, the program must contact the applicant to inform them that retaking the exam and attainment of the requisite score will be necessary for admission.
  • If the applicant has attained marginal scores on the TOEFL or IELTS that meet the standards set in GCAC-305 for provisional admission, the program must submit a request for provisional admission through the Graduate Request Management System (GRMS). The GRMS approval will outline the requirements the student will have to complete to have the provision removed. The program is responsible for conveying these requirements to the applicant. Typically, the student will need to complete a remedial English course(s) with a grade of B or better in their first semester of enrollment according to the following scenarios:
  • Applicants with an overall TOEFL score of 80 or higher and a 16, 17, or 18 on the speaking section must complete ESL 114G (American Oral English for Academic Purposes).
  • Applicants with a TOEFL score of 76, 77, 78 or 79 and a 19 or greater on the speaking section must complete ESL 114G or ESL 116G (ESL/Composition for Academic Disciplines) depending upon sub score results.
  • Applicants with an IELTS composite score of 6 must complete 114G (American Oral English for Academic Purposes) and/or ESL 116G (ESL/Composition for Academic Disciplines) depending upon sub score results.
  • Exceptions may be requested under certain pre-defined circumstances; further information on English proficiency exceptions can be found for graduate programs on the internal Graduate School Resource Portal .
  • If the program does not support admission or it has been determined that the applicant does not meet English Proficiency requirements, Graduate Enrollment Services updates GRADS and notifies the applicant of the ineligibility by electronic mail.

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The Graduate Certificate in TESL/TEFL consists of two prerequisites and 12 graduate credits. Courses are designed to provide basic preparation in teaching English to speakers of other languages in a variety of settings. Students may do a stand-alone certificate or apply to do a graduate certificate in addition to the masters or doctoral program.

Degrees Offered:

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Area(s) of Specialization: 

Admission Requirements

Graduate College Requirements:

  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Academic Records/Transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA  (Program may alter requirement.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency.

Program Specific Requirements:

  • Three essays (may be uploaded with online application)
  • Concurrent applicants follow directions on web page
  • Duolingo is temporally being accepted instead of TOEFL/IELTS
  • Program Requires GRE: No
  • Program Requires GMAT: No
  • Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No

International Requirements:

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TOEFL Paper (PBT) 600
TOEFL Internet (iBT) 100
IELTS 7.5
PTE 68
Duolingo (approved through spring 2025) 1

Application Requirements

Application Deadlines:

Fall term - June 15, Spring term - Nov 15, Summer term - March 15.

International students should apply at least three months before the start of term they are applying.

Application Details:

This program is open to domestic and international students.

Application Instructions

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Prospective students must be a graduate of materials science and engineering or a related discipline at a recognized university with better than a B average. Admission is based on overall academic performance and potential.

A completed application will include the following:

  • Non-refundable application fee of $75 USD (this fee cannot be waived or deferred)
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  • Ph.D. - 3 required
  • Master's - 1 required, 1 optional 
  • Uploaded unofficial transcripts (Official transcripts will be requested upon admission)
  • Essay questions
  • English proficiency exam (for non-native English speakers; see requirements below)

The Graduate Admissions Committee thoroughly reviews each complete application and considers each applicant exclusively for the degree program to which they have applied.

The Graduate Admissions Office does not prescreen any application materials prior to the submission of your application. Also, the office will not advise applicants as to whether they should or should not submit an application.

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Submitting your application materials

All required materials should be uploaded into the application form . You should request English proficiency exam score reports be sent electronically to the department. It is acceptable for letters of recommendation to arrive after the application submission deadline. 

Unofficial transcripts

Transcripts will be marked “unofficial” even if you have uploaded an official copy of your transcripts directly into the application. The Admissions Committee will review the unofficial transcripts that have been uploaded directly. It is not necessary to submit an official transcript until you have been requested to do so.

Recommendation letters

The most informative recommendations are written by those for whom you have done technical work or research similar to the type you will do as a graduate student in our program. Most often, this will be a professor in engineering or science with whom you have taken a course with a significant project component, or an undergraduate (or master’s) thesis advisor. Depending on how long it has been since you have been out of school, some combination of one or two professors and one or two work supervisors is the most common choice.

English proficiency exam

As an applicant, an English proficiency exam is required for non-native English speakers. The department accepts TOEFL, IELTS, and Duolingo scores (must be sent electronically to the university from the company).  Applicants who are non-native English speakers can receive a requirement waiver if they have or will complete a four-year undergraduate program at a university within the United States before the start of the first term they are enrolled.

Score requirements

22 22 18 22 84 6.5 105

Submitting your scores

  • TOEFL Institution code is  2074

IELTS + DUOLINGO send your scores to:  Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering, 431 Hamerschlag Drive, Ansys Hall Suite 250, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

The essay section is important and application reviewers read every word of it during the review process. It should be thoughtful, informative, and written in crisp, clear English. It should show that you have thought about your research interests and motivations, future professional goals, and interest in outreach, as well as diversity equity, and inclusion. The essay field on the application will allow for 500 words. Do not copy whole sections of our catalogue or faculty bios, web pages, etc. into your statement of purpose. Suggest a few possible projects that might interest you, but do not limit yourself to a single, narrowly-defined project.

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Financial support

Doctoral students generally receive financial support for their tuition and stipend from fellowships, traineeships, government grants, graduate assistantships, or scholarships. The vast majority of graduate assistantships that cover a stipend and tuition are paid for by competitive external research grants. Hence, continued financial assistance for doctoral students is contingent upon both satisfactory research progress and academic performance.

Checking the status of your application

Please sign into your  graduate application  to check the status. This site is updated when material is received and decisions are made, so please feel free to check your status frequently during peak admission season.

Reapplying if not admitted

Your  completed  application may be reconsidered for the next concurrent semester after your original application semester. If you would like your application to be reconsidered, send an email to  [email protected]  stating your intentions. 

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    Welcome to English! When the Great Library of Alexandria burned, it wasn't just 40,000 scrolls that were lost; entire imaginative universes went up in smoke. Literature supplies the materials we use to build and remake worlds. And it allows us to reimagine the world - as it was, is and might be. To major in English is to connect the deepest ...

  9. Program: English (MA)

    All graduate work in English at USC is taken as part of a PhD program, and the MA in English is intended only as a transitional degree in the process of completing requirements for the PhD. A student admitted to the graduate program may choose later to earn a terminal MA degree, or may be invited by the department to attempt a terminal degree.

  10. The Graduate School

    Upon completion of all requirements, the official USC transcript will serve as evidence of the degree until the diploma is received. Publication. All theses and dissertations will be made available via the USC Libraries. Thesis/Dissertation Fees. The doctoral candidate's fee of $115 covers USC Libraries and Graduate School processing fees.

  11. PhD Program Admissions

    To determine if USC requires TOEFL/IELTS scores for a country, please check here. Exceptions: International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement only under the circumstances noted here. For additional more information on the English Proficiency requirements, please refer to the Graduate Admission Frequently Asked Questions.

  12. Prospective International Students

    Prospective International Students. Welcome to Graduate Admission at the University of Southern California, one of the world's leading private research universities. USC is home to over 27,000 top-caliber graduate and professional students —more than half the entire USC student population— who represent all 50 states and 135 countries ...

  13. Ph.D. Students

    USC graduate applicants are therefore expected to demonstrate their proficiency in English as part of the application process. English-Language Proficiency Requirements IMPORTANT: USC does not set minimum scores for admission purposes. The scores listed below are used for placement purposes only to determine if an admitted student will need to ...

  14. Office of the Provost

    For more information, call (213) 740-0079 or visit ALI's website at ali.usc.edu. Those ITAs denied clearance for teaching duties may have their offer of graduate assistantship withdrawn or alternative responsibilities assigned. An ITA who is denied clearance to teach should immediately seek assistance from the chair of his or her home ...

  15. Requirements for Graduation

    To be designated a Renaissance Scholar upon graduation, a student must graduate within five years of matriculation at USC, with a minimum 3.5 overall grade point average, a minimum 3.5 grade point average in each of the major(s) and/or minor(s) course requirements and with university honors.

  16. International Students

    At USC, an international student is defined as an individual who will enter or has already entered the United States with an F1 visa. Students who are already in the U.S., or who plan to enter the U.S., on non-immigrant visas such as the E2, H2 or L2 are also considered international students. Please note that students with DACA or other ...

  17. GRE Scores for the University of Southern California

    It was established in 1808 and is considered one of the best graduate schools in the US. It has more than 25,000 graduate students and its medical and engineering schools are ranked in the top 20 by US News. ... Some essential requirements for USC are as follows: 4-year undergraduate degree. GPA of 3.5 on the 4.0 scale. Academic Transcripts ...

  18. USC Graduate Admission

    English-Language Proficiency Requirements (effective for applications submitted for Summer 2024 and later terms only) ... International USC graduate applicants are therefore expected to demonstrate their proficiency in English as part of the application process and should carefully review the guidelines below. U.S. citizens and legal permanent ...

  19. English Major

    An English degree can help prepare you for a career in entertainment, journalism, business, technology, law, medicine, public policy, or many other fields. Because of this, many of our students combine English with other majors for a double major. While students cannot double major in Literature and Creative Writing, since they each belong to ...

  20. Where can I find information about English proficiency requirements for

    What are the English proficiency requirements for international graduate applicants? I am an international student; can I be exempt from the USC - approved English proficiency examination? Am I exempt from the TOEFL or IELTS requirement if my program's medium of instruction is English? English is not my native language.

  21. How to Apply

    Step 3: Pay your Application Fees. The application fee is $90 for all graduate programs, except those offered by the Marshall School of Business ($155) and the International Academy's Pre-Master's program ($175). We accept payments via Visa, MasterCard and Discover card. Fee Waivers: You will be able to request a fee waiver only after you ...

  22. Ph.D. Program Application & Deadline Information at USC Viterbi

    These instructions apply only to applicants to the master's and Ph.D. programs of the Viterbi School of Engineering. Submit an electronic copy of official transcripts (.pdf recommended) and other degree related documents through the online graduate application (International applicants, visit USC Graduate Admission's Country Requirements page ...

  23. Country Requirements

    Additionally, students must submit academic records for graduate qualifications, if earned, and official and valid TOEFL/IELTS/PTE scores if English language proficiency is listed under the country-specific requirements. Explore USC's country-specific admission requirements for international students, including the academic records you will ...

  24. International Student Admission Requirements

    Applicants must check their country requirements on the Office of Graduate Admissions website and send the required documents. English Language Proficiency Exam (TOEFL or IELTS) is required. International Students who have completed ALL undergraduate coursework in the US. Submit Official Transcripts. Applicants must submit official transcripts ...

  25. P3

    If the program does not support admission or it has been determined that the applicant does not meet English Proficiency requirements, Graduate Enrollment Services updates GRADS and notifies the applicant of the ineligibility by electronic mail. Revision History. Approved by The Graduate School, May 6, 2024

  26. Teaching English as a Second Language/Teaching English as a Foreign

    The Graduate Certificate in TESL/TEFL consists of two prerequisites and 12 graduate credits. Courses are designed to provide basic preparation in teaching English to speakers of other languages in a variety of settings. Students may do a stand-alone certificate or apply to do a graduate certificate in addition to the masters or doctoral program.

  27. Apply to the MSE graduate program

    English proficiency exam (for non-native English speakers; see requirements below) The Graduate Admissions Committee thoroughly reviews each complete application and considers each applicant exclusively for the degree program to which they have applied. The Graduate Admissions Office does not prescreen any application materials prior to the ...